Stormy Daniels Charges Dropped After Arrest in Ohio Strip Club

Her attorney blasts arrest on “bogus” misdemeanor charge as “setup & politically motivated”

Last Updated: July 12, 2018 @ 10:55 AM

Update, Thursday July 12, 10:45 p.m. PT:

Michael Avenatti, the attorney for former porn star Stormy Daniels, said Thursday that prosecutors in Columbus, Ohio, had dismissed criminal charges against his client following her arrest Wednesday for a performance in a strip club.

Previously:

Stormy Daniels was arrested at a strip club in Columbus, Ohio late Wednesday after touching a male patron during one of her signature risqué performances, which was in violation of state law. The news was first reported by her attorney, Michael Avenatti, on Twitter.

“Just rcvd word that my client @StormyDaniels was arrested in Columbus Ohio whole performing the same act she has performed across the nation at nearly a hundred strip clubs,” he said early Thursday morning.

“This was a setup & politically motivated. It reeks of desperation. We will fight all bogus charges. #Basta.”

Avenatti elaborated in two follow-up tweets and revealed that his client had been the victim of a sting operation and expected her to be charged with a misdemeanor.

“She was arrested for allegedly allowing a customer to touch her while on stage in a non sexual manner! Are you kidding me? They are devoting law enforcement resources to sting operations for this? There has to be higher priorities!!! #SetUp #Basta.” he said.

“We expect her to be released on bail shortly. We also expect that she will be charged with a misdemeanor for allowing “touching.” We will vehemently contest all charges. #Basta,” Avenatti added.

By midday, Avenatti reported that prosecutors had agreed to dismiss the charges entirely in part because a strict reading of state law indicated that it applied to employees of an establishment and not to guest performers like his client.

Reps for the Columbus police confirmed the arrest on Thursday. Though her attorney calls it a setup, Ohio state law is perfectly clear on conduct issues for “sexually oriented businesses.”

“No patron who is not a member of the employee’s immediate family shall knowingly touch any employee while that employee is nude or semi-nude or touch the clothing of any employee while that employee is nude or seminude,” read the relevant language of the state’s law code.

Once an anonymous porn star, Daniels rose to fame after she signed an NDA with Donald Trump just days before the 2016 presidential election. Daniels said she had an affair with the president back in 2006 and sued him for defamation and demanded the NDA be declared null. Trump has consistently denied that any affair between the two ever took place.

Avenatti has become a fixture on CNN and MSNBC, logging hundreds of appearances on the networks in 2018, with persistent reports of his own show somewhere in the works.